And today’s Blog is a short piece in today’s Far-Right Guardian about why we must boycott the Hard-Right Evening Standard in protest against its appointment of Gidiot as its Editor, by dint of not buying a single copy until the decision is reversed; along with two rather ancient pieces from January 2016, which personally I don’t think read particularly well, but which I include for anyone who might be interested in how my style has evolved over the last year or so.
As ever, a link to the original article and my comment, along with any replies, is provided under each piece.
TODAY’S (17.3.17) PIECE:
George Osborne appointed editor of London Evening Standard
Friends! This is utterly appalling news!
We need to make our voices heard about this truly outrageous decision, and the best way is to hit the Hard-Right so-called Evening Standard where it literally hurts – in its wallet!
Therefore, friends, I propose that each and every one of us on the Progressive Left – and there are still quite a few of us, despite Brexit (which hasn’t actually happened yet) and the totally unelected Trump – should refuse to buy even a single copy of this Far-Right rag, until this decision is reversed.
There’s so much to protest against. How to keep up? (Article by Barbara Ellen, Observer, 24.1.16)
Barbara is totally correct – there is quite literally no end of things to protest about.
Top of the list, of course, is Person-Made Catastrophic Climate Chaos, along with the evil Deniers who claim – against the firm beliefs of well over 100% of Climate Scientists that the Science is settled – that recent snow, rain, cold spells, warm spells, sunshine, droughts, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes etc are just part of a continuously changing climate and not part of what all of us (or at any rate, those of us not in the pay of Big Oil, or part of the hated 1%, or banksters) know is PMCCC. Our planet is literally frying, yet these people are more concerned about making a fast buck than about the rest of us literally drowning!
Second, and obviously most important of all, is Racism. We now live in an alleged world where immigrants are forced to wear wristbands so they can eat! Some people claim that saying this is Fascism is pure hyperbole, to which the obvious answer is: it’s actually worse than Fascism, because not even Hitler went this far.
Then there is the BBC Licence Fee, which of course is far too low. This Tory Government has deliberately, as part of its plan to impose Austerity on the 99%, held down the licence fee for several years at the ridiculously low level of £145.50. If it had been kept in line with inflation, it would now be well over £200. This is all part of the Tories’ attack on Public-Service Broadcasting, because they hate the BBC’s alleged “Left-wing bias” which in any case is totally ridiculous because the BBC is in fact nothing more than a mouthpiece of the 1% and banksters, happily parroting Tory lies and spins, e.g. Question Time which is a notoriously reactionary platform for Far-Right neoliberals etc. to espouse their totally racist beliefs.
I could go on and on … the list is literally endless! The vicious Tory attacks on Our NHS, the best (and indeed only) Health Service in the world; the widely-hated Bedroom Tax, which literally millions of people struggle to pay; compulsory Foodbanks; tax giveaways to the 1% who own well over 100% of all wealth, and who already pay no tax whatsoever; attacks on working people, e.g. students who are literally forced to take on huge debts so that they can then work on Zero Hour Contracts for the rest of their lives on poverty pay …
And yet, there are people who claim that things are somehow not quite as bad as portrayed here! What kind of delusional world do they live in?
The Corbynistas are already preparing their alibis for defeat (article by Andrew Rawnsley, Observer, 24.1.16)
Another totally predictable attack on Jeremy Corbyn by a lickspittle Red Tory journalist, slavishly peddling a neoliberal agenda from the increasingly far-Right Guardian.
It is increasingly obvious that the Tories are absolutely terrified of Our Jeremy – and they are correct to be!
The idea that he “cannot win an election” has been comprehensively disproved, what with Labour’s recent landslide victory in that ultra-marginal seat, Oldham West, and indeed in the Leadership Election, where 250,000 odd people voted for him, including, apparently – such was the breadth of his popular appeal – quite a large number of Tories.
And this is why the Tories have now gone in to total panic mode, desperately attempting to smear Jeremy by quoting his previous speeches, many of which were made several years ago, and which in any case have been totally taken out of context.
Under Our Jeremy, Britain has entered a new era of kinder, gentler politics, where all forms of intolerance will be smashed, which necessarily will involve democratic deselection of certain Hard-Right elements in the Labour Party (e.g. Hilary Benn, Angela Eagle etc) and the removal of this so-called Government, given its total undemocratic hold on power with the support of only 24% of the electorate, who in any case have been totally brainwashed by the Right-wing media, e.g. the BBC and the Murdoch Press.
We must build an alliance of the Progressive Left, including Greens, feminists, gays, Communists, Trotskyists, refugees, students and other enlightened working people, e.g. the unemployed, victims of Austerity and the widely-hated Bedroom Tax, along with our friends in Hamas, Hezbollah, Sinn Fein and ISIS – to achieve a truly Socialist Britain: the Venezuela of Europe, no less!
Who can seriously doubt that, if we have the courage to stick to our new policies, the General Election of 2020 will result in a landslide?